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I’ve never been much of a journal writer, but when I came across the free RedNotebook software I knew it was something I had to try out. It’s a simple way to manage a daily journal on your computer without having to think about things such as actually saving your entries since it is taken care of automatically.

There are some nice benefits to using RedNotebook over your typical handwritten journal. For starters your can embed things like images or files right into the body of your journal entry. The instant search feature is also pretty incredible since it returns journal results as-you-type and lets you switch to a matching entry simply by double-clicking on it in the results list. It will also highlight the search words in the entry to make them a little easier to find.

Here are some of the other features you’ll find in RedNotebook:

  • Tagging
  • Spell Check
  • Format your text bold, italic or underlined
  • Insert Images, files and links to websites
  • Links and mail addresses are recognized automatically
  • Live-Search
  • Automatic saving
  • Backup to zip archive
  • Word Clouds with most often used words and tags
  • Templates
  • Export the journal to PDF, HTML, Latex or plain text
  • The data is stored in plain text files, no database is needed
  • Translated into more than 20 languages

I don’t know if I’ll ever make use of this program, but when it comes to free journal software this is one of the few apps that actually feels like there was some thought put into it.

RedNotebook Homepage (Windows/Linux; Freeware)
Note: You can also use this on a Mac, but it has some other software requirements you’ll have to download first.

There Are 7 Comments

  1. Want to start a daily journal, never have done this before

  2. How do I reset the options when I get the program into full screen?

  3. Is this free or is it like sites say free, then you look at the site says then 30 free trial then pay $30, which is not free? I don’t appreciate false advertising. No such thing as trialware being free. If you have to pay no matter when it is not free at all.

  4. 30 day free trial I meant on last message.

  5. According to the download page it is free, however the installation requires the download of junk programs. I unchecked the option for an AOL toolbar and some other AOL services, then I reached the notice that I would be required to install and register with some other programs/websites I had no interest in. At this point, I declined and expected to have the install terminated. Instead, it continued with the installation of 4 junk programs, including the AOL toolbar/services, although it did not install the journal. The uninstall of these programs was easy enough, but obviously an annoyance to have to do. If you do not want junk programs with your journal, do not even start the installation. You’ll get it anyway.

    • Thanks for the heads up Sarah. Since we wrote this over a year and a half ago there is a good chance that things have changed. It’s nice when we get this kind of feedback so that everyone is aware.

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